Ralph Bellamy finally gets the girl in this one. Wild Brian Kent is a man of wealth who has squandered his life and his money away and never done a bit of productive work in his life . . . until he meets Betty Prentice (Mae Clarke) and helps her save her ranch.
March 13, 2013
Ralph Bellamy "B" Western Star? Get Out Of Here!
From the cadence of the dialogue and the way the story plays out, this had to have been written for George O'Brien in pre-production, who by the time it got around to going before the cameras was no longer under contract to 20th Century-Fox and Sol Lessor Productions, having signed in mid-1936 with George Hirliman. This would have been a good vehicle in O'Brien's hands, but......this picture is a mess on all counts. Ralph Bellamy replaces O'Brien as the star but while he has many good qualities and was a great actor, time would prove, he was no George O'Brien.
This is a typical modern day western set in depression era Kansas with all the trials of the day. Some which now seem rather quaint.
Howard Bretherton was a noted and prolific director who made many great westerns in his day, but this is not one of them. The supporting players, Mae Clark may have been the only other real "star" in this and she's quite good and beautiful but with just enough "plain' to make the a casting gem. Other well known faces, Stanley Andrews, Richard Alexander and others fare much worse, sorry to say.
It gives it the old try, but fails to connect. Watch it for the curio value it is, otherwise be warned. MPEG4 quality not so good either.